Your Guide to Getting Lip Fillers Dissolved

If you are feeling that getting lip fillers is the right choice for you, but you are concerned about not liking the results and being left with lips you are unhappy with, don’t worry! Lip fillers can be dissolved, making the procedure fully reversible. 

Read on to find out the facts about dissolving lip filler. 

Why Have Your Lip Fillers Dissolved? 

 When you have had lip fillers, it’s never a permanent change. Lip fillers do dissolve gradually and naturally, usually taking from at least 6 to at most 24 months. This is because your body breaks down the filler over time, which is why you need follow up appointments to maintain your look. 

If you are unhappy with the way your lips look after the procedure, this may feel like too long to wait to make the changes you want.Perhaps you’ve had lip fillers administered by a poorly trained technician, this could also provide unpleasant results. Or maybe your lips look plumper or less natural than you expected, and you’d like to reduce the volume. 

Either way, if you have your lip fillers dissolved by a professionally qualified technician, this will easily reverse the process. 

How Do You Dissolve Lip Fillers?

To understand how lip fillers can be dissolved, it helps to know what happens when you have your lips filled. 

It is a non-surgical procedure where tiny injections of hyaluronic acid (a water-loving molecule that occurs naturally in the body) are placed strategically in and around your lips, giving a plumping and volumising effect.

Our highly qualified and experienced practitioners use an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which works by breaking down the hyaluronic acid to dissolve your lip filler. 

This enzyme is what your body would have produced naturally to break down your lip fillers, so you are simply speeding up a natural process. Fillers can be reversed pretty much immediately – the hyaluronidase deflates the volume quickly and efficiently. 

If it is decided that hyaluronidase can be used to dissolve lip filler, the treatment is very quick and simple. Often the filler dissolves instantly and the result can be seen in a few minutes. Sometimes, it can take 12-24 hours to dissolve enough filler to make a difference and achieve a correction and, like all procedures, the timing will vary from person to person.

After the use of hyaluronidase, we recommend a short waiting period of 2-6 weeks before having your lips filled again, but if the correction needs to be done immediately, a new hyaluronic filler can be used after 24 hours. 

Before opting for more treatment following a bad experience, it is important to consider whether this is the right thing for you to do, whether you have waited long enough since your last treatment. Ensure to consult our expert practitioners on this; we only ever have your best interests at heart.

Can I Dissolve My Lips at Home?

The short and frank answer is no! It’s not possible to dissolve your fillers at home because the hyaluronidase enzyme has to be administered by injection, which must be done in a safe, clinical setting. 

Doing it any other way risks infection or injury, which no one wants. 

Does Getting Your Lip Filler Dissolved Hurt? 

We are all different, and each person’s pain threshold varies and, although a numbing anaesthetic cream is applied before the injections of the dissolving enzyme, it will depend on the individual how much it may hurt. 

Your lips are a sensitive part of your body and although the procedure is mostly safe and comfortable, some people will experience a small amount of pain. 

Always talk it through with our specialists who are experts in these areas and offer you the support and advice you need. 

What are the Side Effects of Having Lip Fillers Dissolved? 

For the majority of people, having lip fillers dissolved is a safe and comfortable process. 

Though it’s not uncommon to expect some initial swelling, and some people might experience a small amount of bruising and discolouration, these symptoms should subside within a few days. 

It’s important to remember that any cosmetic procedure is not completely free from risk and there is a small chance of getting an allergic reaction to the hyaluronidase.

Allergic reactions have been reported but, thankfully, are not common. A serious allergic reaction which is called ‘anaphylaxis’, can happen instantly, and medical treatment for this will be administered in the clinic. A delayed allergic reaction can show up as a rash in the days following the filler procedure. This treatment is usually a simple antihistamine (the type of medication you would take for hay fever).

On occasion, there may be a ‘delayed hypersensitivity reaction”, which can show up as swelling 6 weeks to 3 months later. The treatment for this depends on the features of the swelling and may include the use of an antibiotic. We do not know why some people experience these reactions.

If you experience any unwanted effects other than the usual symptoms mentioned above after having your lip fillers dissolved, please go straight to your GP. 

Of course, we are happy to talk it through with you as well, safer is our standard. Please contact us for a chat before having the procedure if you have any worries, questions or doubts about allergies. 

Key Takeaways

  • If you are disappointed by the results of your lip filler procedure or have had a botched process carried out by an unqualified or inept practitioner, you can have your lip fillers dissolved. 
  • The process involves having a naturally occurring enzyme injected into and around your lips, which dissolves the filler. 
  • You should never try to dissolve fillers at home as you risk infection or injury. 
  • The process is safe and comfortable for most people who only might experience minor bruising or swelling.
  • Always contact our experienced medically trained staff if you have any doubts, queries or questions. 

Our medically qualified Doctors and Nurses at DestinationSkin specialise in achieving natural-looking outcomes by increasing your lip shape and giving you a wonderfully balanced face. We only use Juvéderm at DestinationSkin, the world’s most popular facial filler and the number one filler recommended by doctors. Book a FREE consultation with us. 


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